Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) on DAM square in Amsterdam dates back to 1408. That may seem pretty old, but it’s a century newer than Oude Kerk (Old Church). Nieuwe Kerk’s spectacular 17th-century choir screen was the first to be made entirely of brass and its panelled main organ, lavishly decorated with gilding, paintings and statuary,…

Jan. 21 – Back to Costa Rica

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

Last year I did a blog post about traveling…what it is and how it makes a person feel. Traveling is life, it’s unpredictable, it’s freedom, it’s like a drug – the more you travel the more you want to travel, it’s the exploring of new places, having no limits and being who you want to be. All those statements are very true for Stan and myself, so it’s time for a little adventure, a little walking on the beach, a little relaxation and most of all the exploring of somewhere new.

Where’d they go?

It’s been nearly a month since the Red Head crew has had a blog entry. It hasn’t been laziness – this hardworking crew is always busy. Just checkout this schedule:

6:30 am: Wake Mom and Dad so they can feed us.
Rest of morning: Chew toys, fight with siblings, and ensure we are not attacked by pirates.
Lunch: Beg for food from dad’s plate.
Early afternoon: Rest up from frantic morning.
3:00 pm: Go to dog park.
4:30: Kid’s dinner.
Evening: Hope for more food from dad’s dinner and wait for final bedtime treat.

The problem has been Mom. She’s really been loafing on the job. Before New Years she flew off for five days to help celebrate Grandma’s 90th birthday at a big bash. That’s only about 13 in dog years, not really all that impressive. The kids had to count on Dad to take care of them – it was a little scary but they made it.

Then Cousin Leslie and her husband, Chris, came to spend a few days with the crew after their camping trip to a Dry Tortugas. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora want to point out that they were perfectly behaved at all times.

Well, mostly…

After a few days sick in bed with a cold, Mom is finally back with the program. The crew has even seen her placing some pretty big orders on Chewy. Bahamas here we come!

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora hope you are having a great 2019!

Soft Start

Isolating shore power from on-board electrical systems is important to avoid excess corrosion and, even more importantly, to avoid risk of shock in and around the boat. Two common approaches to isolation are galvanic isolators and isolation transformers. Isolation transformers have many advantages and often are installed in Nordhavns, but have one potential downside though:…

Ice Festival Amsterdam

Christmas Markets, selling decorations, gifts, food, and drink, originated in Middle Ages Germany but now are common throughout Europe. A number of major markets are held in the Netherlands during the holiday season. Ice Village Amsterdam combines a market with another popular Dutch winter tradition, ice skating. An enjoyable 40-minute walking tour through central Amsterdam…

Amsterdam Canal Tour

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re:Invent 2018

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Day 4

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